Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Old black and white postcard featuring photo of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 12 - We’re returning to Castell Coch for this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“. This card has a stamp commemorating King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. The postmark is unclear but it looks like it’s dated 1935. You can see in the comparison below that very little has changed in the last 85 years. The safety ... more...
Wonky Cardiff by Jon Durrant - I recently stumbled across an image of Castell Coch that I instantly fell in love with. It turns out the artwork was produced by local artist Jon Durrant and is part of his Wonky Cardiff Project. I got in touch with Jon to purchase a print and to find out more about it. About Jon ... more...
Wooden sculpture of a bench with squirrels around it Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail - It’s been over two years since Simon O’Rourke installed the new sculpture trail in Fforest Fawr. Simon has shared his initial sketches for the carvings and I take a look at how the sculptures have changed. When I spoke to Simon during the installation he explained that the sculptures would change colour quite dramatically over ... more...
Bronze Age halberd The Castell Coch Hoard - During the Festival of Archaeology, all issues of British Archaeology Magazine are free to view. I did some digging and unearthed an interesting find. In the village of Tongwynlais, just 150 metres north west of Castell Coch and 20cm below the forest floor, a cache of copper weapons lay buried for 4,000 years. On the ... more...
Photo of St Michael's Church on an old postcard Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 11 - For this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais”, I’ve selected a classic shot of St Michael’s Church with Castell Coch in the distance. If you’re a regular reader, you may have seen this image before but I thought it would be interesting to try and work out when it was taken. It looks like whoever bought ... more...